World of Warcraft: Deathknight Update

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Apologies to all fans who got to read the news alert a few weeks ago. Richard A. Knaak has informed me that he is not the author of World of Warcraft: Deathknight. Amazon is now listing this book to be written by Dan Jolley. I considered necessary to post this as my role in the community is to inform, rather than to misinform.

I have seen a few wiki entries that used Blizzplanet as source. So it’s my responsibility to correct the previous misinformation. Make your updates accordingly. I did not reach Richard A. Knaak until now about the book. Originally, I saw it freshly listed over at Amazon. Knaak does have an upcoming manga about a mage, but not much can be said at the moment until the script is approved by Tokyopop and Blizzard.

Author: Dan Jolley
Paperback: 192 pages
Publisher: TokyoPop (July 6, 2009)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1427814961
ISBN-13: 978-1427814968

So let’s learn some stuff about Dan Jolley. He was voted Best Horror Comic of 2001 by Wizard Magazine for the limited series: Obergeist.  He was nominated for an Eisner Award on 2003 for writing the JSA: The Unholy Three limited series. A novel based in the sci-fi shows Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel: IRON MAN: Teen Novelization (based on the 2008 film), STAR TREK S.C.E. – Some Assembly Required, Firestorm (DC Comics); Dr. Strange: The Flight of Bones (four-issue mini-series, Marvel Comics,1999); JSA: The Liberty File; Sabretooth: Mary Shelley Overdrive (four-issue mini-series, Marvel Comics 2002); Vampirella: The Choir in the Mist (2004); Warcraft Legends # 1 (World of Warcraft: How to Win Friends, short story). And a few Tokyopop mangas: Alex Unlimited, HarperCollins, The Warriors Series (The Lost Warrior, Warrior’s Refuge, Warrior’s Return).

To learn more of his gaming side read some comments based on his experience as a World of Warcraft player with two level 70 characters.

World of Warcraft: Night of the Dragon On Sale

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World of Warcraft: Night of the Dragon by Richard A. Knaak is finally on sale at a bookstore near you. The backstory of this book ties-in as an intro to World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King.

If you wish to order online visit the Blizzplanet Store.

Grim Batol: its dark legacy stretches back into the mists of Azeroth’s past. But most know it as the site of a terrible tragedy—where the vile orcs corrupted the hatchlings of the noble Dragonqueen, Alexstrasza, and used them as weapons of war. Though a band of heroes, led by the enigmatic mage, Krasus, defeated the orcs and freed the captive dragons, the cursed mountain stands as another ravaged landmark within the…

WORLD OF WARCRAFT

But now Krasus—known to some as the red dragon Korialstrasz—senses the malice of Grim Batol rising once more to threaten those he holds dear. Determined this time to confront this evil by himself, he is unaware of the quests that will draw others to Grim Batol and reveal the monstrous truth that could not only herald their deaths, but usher in a terrible new age of darkness and destruction.

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Extended Maintenance: Mail Issues

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Update: 7:30pm EST (New York) and the servers are still down for maintenance. Here is the latest in-game update:

November 11th, 2008 2:20pm PST: All realms are currently offline. We are continuing to investigate the issues affecting players’ ability to access their main in order to resolve the situation. We are actively working to provide a specific ETA and we will provide another update within the next 2 hours. Thank you for your patience.

It is 4:20pm EST on US East Coast and servers are still down. If you are wondering why this extended maintenance is happening, the forum representatives have been updating fans every two hours. In short, and in gaming lingo … the in-game mail is b0rked. Rumors are that the Scourge have sabotaged it. When interviewing the invading villains their response was: “Braaainnnnsss …”

Update: We are continuing to address the issues with players being unable to access their in-game mail. The process will run for several more hours, and we will provide another update on when the servers will be playable within the next 2 hours. Thank you for your patience.

Original: We are investigating an issue with the mail system and continuing maintenance on all realms. We currently have no estimate on when realms will be playable. Thank you for your patience.— source

New York Midnight Opening: Helper Wanted

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The official event starts on November 12th (tomorrow Wednesday) at 8pm EST at the Best Buy located in Time Square 44th Street and 529 5th Avenue (Best Buy phone: (212) 808-0309). Now, here is the deal.

1. Are you coming to this New York Midnight Opening?
2. Do you have a digital video camera?
3. Are you able to upload the video?
4. Can you come as early as 8pm up to midnight-2am+ approx.?

If you can answer yes to all these four questions please contact me. There may be a chance you may be among the first to purchase your copy by accompanying me, courtesy of Best Buy. You would be recording the costume contest and the interview with Mike Morhaime and Frank Pearce.

Update: We have an interview time scheduled with Mike Morhaime & Frank Pearce at Best Buy. Feel free to submit questions to us about Wrath of the Lich King in general. I will ask the best questions from fans. Submit them at the following comments page or via email here.

Blizzard CEO/President and Cofounder Mike Morhaime and Executive Vice President, Product Development Frank Pearce will be at this NYC event. There will be a chance to meet several World of Warcraft game developers and have your game autographed. The entire event is hosted by Geoff Keighley and will feature interviews, prize giveaways (including Plantronics headsets) and World of Warcraft trivia

Scourge Invasion: The Razing of Orgrimmar Video

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The Razing of Orgrimmar was simply excellent, as was the Zombie Invasion a few weeks ago.  Thrall and Garrosh discussed war against Arthas the Lich King at the entrance of the Orgrimmar Arena in Valley of Honor. To their sides were Lady Sylvanas, Grand Apothecary Putress and High Overlord Saurfang.  Thrall wishes time to consult with Jaina Proudmoore what the Alliance will be doing in the battle against the Northrend threat, but Garrosh is too impatient and a few harsh words forced Garrosh to challenge Thrall in combat to decide whether Garrosh wouldl be the one leading the Northrend offensive-strike army.

Thrall was surprised to hear the son of Grom Hellscream had challenged him, but dismissed the idea of a duel with so many war preparations and tasks on his hands. However, Garrosh gets daring and calls Thrall a coward in front of everyone. To this Thrall invites Garrosh to go inside the Arena to settle this.

(Read my review and video after the break)

The Razing of Orgrimmar Phase 1: Frostwyrms

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10:00pm At the bottom of this page, after the break, you can read the transcript of the conversations between Thrall, Garrosh, Saurfang, Lady Sylvanas and Grand Apothecary Putress.

9:30pm: Sylvanas and Garrosh are now in Orgrimmar attacking the Scourge.

8pm EST: Six Frostwyrms and Undead Scourge are attacking Orgrimmar and major cities according to reports. Abomination s and Frostwyrms are at Valley of Honor. This looks like the beginning of what I commented a few days ago concerning the razing of Orgrimmar as mentioned by Garrosh Hellscream in Warsong Hold (Borean Tundra) during beta.  If your graphics card can withstand all this activity, go witness this world event.

Below you can read the full transcript of the event.

Send us your photos and videos.  Post your links in the comments. Or you can email me at garona2004 yahoo dot com.

Richard A. Knaak: Wrath of the Lich King Midnight Opening in Arkansas

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Richard A. Knaak informed us today that he has scheduled a book signing at the midnight opening of the World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King expansion.  The store is getting advance copies of the pocket star book: WORLD OF WARCRAFT: NIGHT OF THE DRAGON; and the Tokypop manga WARCRAFT LEGENDS VOL. 2 at the following store:


Hastings Bookstore
2999 N. College Ave.
Fayetteville, AR

479-521-0244


World of Warcraft: Night of the Dragon

Warcraft Legends Vol. 2
Tokyopop (Manga)

 


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Warcraft Audiobooks on 2009

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Blizzard Entertainment is expanding its collection of products by partnering with Tantor Media to publish three Warcraft pocket books as Audiobooks in CD,MP3 Audio, and Unabridged formats. These audiobooks are narrated by Dick Hill. Reader of over 400 audiobooks, Dick Hill has won three coveted Audie Awards and been nominated numerous times. He is also the recipient of several AudioFile Earphones Awards. AudioFile includes Dick on their prestigious list of Golden Voices.

  • Warcraft: Day of the Dragon by author Richard A. Knaak (December 2008

Scourge Invasion New Phase?

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We are barely 2 days and a few hours away from the release of Wrath of the Lich King.  Not much has happened after the Zombie Invasion, except for the lengthy Scourge Invasion redux. Nethaera just posted at the official forums a concern from a fan who wonders if this is all we will get.  Nethaera, cryptic in her words, seems to be hinting something is going to happen. Will it be on launch date?  Or will it happen once you install the expansion?  We will have to wait and see.—(source)

Hrm… I don’t think Northrend is open yet… do you? Perhaps something will be occurring before then. I guess it’s something we’ll have to wait and see.

In the meantime, don’t mind those marauding Scourge invading various areas. I mean, it’s not about then anyway, right? I mean, what could Northrend and the Scourge possibly ever have in common?

WoW Steins Photo Contest

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The WoW Steins Photo Contest is reaching a close on November 11th. Would you want a chance at winning either the Alliance or Horde stein? Send a photo of you and/or your friends at a local bar holding a cup or stein.

Submit it to Blizzplanet before Nov. 11th, 11:59pm EST (-5GMT, New York). Read the contest rules.

Scourge Invasion: The Lore Behind The Invaded Regions

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Through the boards can be seen a few questions concerning the Scourge Invasion. Why is Arthas and his Scourge invading Azshara, Tanaris, Eastern Plaguelands, Burning Steppes and Blasted Lands?

To be honest, I haven’t seen any quests that substantiate why these locations are getting invaded, which is a shame. At the moment they are just there so you can farm necrotic crystals to buy special trinkets and gear from the Argent Dawn Quartermaster. Nevertheless, I do have an explanation from a lore standpoint.

Azshara: Back when the Gates of Ahn’Qiraj patch was released, or approximately around that time, Azuregos the blue dragon was added as an outdoor raid boss.  From there came the lore that Azuregos was protecting various artifacts from the golden age of the Highborne empire, and that one of the vials of eternity was missing in this area.  Arthas the Lich King would go at any lengths to acquire this Vial of the Well of Eternity if the legends are true. Three vials were used by Illidan at the top of Mount Hyjal. One vial was used by Dath’Remar Sunstrider to create the Sunwell in Quel’Thalas.  One vial was given by Illidan to Lady Vashj and one vial to Kael’Thas Sunstrider. If my math isn’t failing as usual that is six vials. One is missing and unaccounted for, which strengthens the legend that a missing vial might be somewhere in the Kalimdor region: Azshara. The Warcraft: The Sunwell Trilogy (Tokyopop manga) reveals that King Arthas the Death Knight was able to infiltrate Quel’Thalas with the help of a high elven traitor: Dar’Khan Drathir.  Dar’Khan was sent (ahead of Arthas’ arrival to the Sunwell) to syphon the energies of the Sunwell.  Arthas the Lich King has always wanted to get ahold of the magic of the Sunwell. Getting a Vial of Eternity would be even better.

Before the Great Sundering, the night elf city of Eldarath flourished in the land that is now known as Azshara. It is believed that many ancient and powerful Highborne artifacts may be found among the ruins of the once-mighty stronghold. For countless generations, the Blue Dragon Flight has safeguarded powerful artifacts and magical lore, ensuring that they do not fall into mortal hands. The presence of Azuregos, the blue dragon, seems to suggest that items of extreme significance, perhaps the fabled Vials of Eternity themselves, may be found in the wilderness of Azshara. Whatever Azuregos seeks, one thing is certain: he will fight to the death to defend Azshara’s magical treasures.—source

Tanaris: If you have done the quests in Andorhal, you met Chromie and completed A Matter of Time.  It is revealed that the Scourge attempted to alter time in Andorhal. Tanaris is a very strategic location for a Scourge invasion … Caverns of Time.  Imagine if Arthas the Lich King could hijack it to alter the past, and conquer other timelines and realities? (More after the break)

Icecrown Quest: From Whence They Came

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If you are among the fans who hesitate whether to buy the Wrath of the Lich King expansion, I really wish these videos give you a glimpse into the new solo quest mechanics implemented throughout all regions of northrend. The new tools offer interesting mechanics through a new interface that replaces the cumbersome pet bar.

In today’s video, you can watch three of the quests found in Icecrown Glacier at level 80.  The three quests can be found on the outdoors at the Shadow Vault (your Ebon Blade Inn – northwest on the map). It is a fun quest. Especially due to the topography of the Weeping Quarry area (where skeletons work day and night to mine saronite ore).  The Concept / Environment Artist excelled designing this place. If I was a Film Director, I would choose this place for a Superman film as the location for the Fortress of Solitude. That’s the vibe I feel when questing in the area for its irregular shape with tall blocks of different sizes fused with short ramps. You are able to control a Undead Shade, using its special abilities to complete three quests:

  • From Whence They Came consists of going into the Weeping Quarry to banish 10 Scourge crystals back to where they were summoned from, using the special channeled ability: Banish Scourge Crystal.

  • An Undead’s Best Friend: Use the Feeding Hungering Plaguehound ability to throw a poisoned meat at them.  It will set them to sleep. They can detect your ethereal Shade from a fair distance. You would want to sleep them and be alert. They patrol back and forth throughout the Weeping Quarry. The ability has a 35 yard range and a 4 sec cooldown. You have to sleep 18 Hungering Plaguehounds.
  • Honor is for the Weak: consists of sneaking behind a Restless Lookout (Ghoul) to assassinate them in one shot, using the special ability. It gotta be a quick job. Otherwise they can aggro, making it difficult to kill since the ability only works from behind. It is an instant 7 yard range ability.  You must kill 20 of them.  If you run into trouble, use the Dephase ability (Shift out of the normal world, temporarily exiting combat and increasing movement speed for 10 sec. Instant. 1 minute cooldown).

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Wrath of the Lich King Midnight Opening in Dubai

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World of Warcraft fans in the UAE can buy the game just after midnight on Wednesday 12th November.

Dubai, UAE. – November 8, 2008 – Red Entertainment Distribution FZCO, the Middle East’s leading distributor of interactive entertainment software, announced today that it will launch the second expansion pack to World of Warcraft

Warcraft Legends Vol. 2 - Preview Scans

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Tokyopop released preview scans of the upcoming Warcraft Legends Volume 2 manga, co-writen by Richard A. Knaak.  To navigate click the play/stop button on the flash player. The square in the player is a zoom function (escape on keyboard to disable zoom). On the right list you can toggle preview scans of chapter 1, 2, 3 and 4.  Check out the preview scans after the break.

Continuing on the trail blazed by the bestselling Warcraft:The Sunwell Trilogy and Warcraft :Legends Volume 1 is this next installment of thrilling short stories set in the Warcraft universe.

FEAR
From Richard Knaak and Jae-Hwan Kim (Warcraft: The Sunwell Trilogy) comes part two in the ongoing saga of Trag Highmountain, the heroic tauren reborn as one of the undead. As Trag desperately tries to fight against the Lich King’s will, an unexpected encounter with Thrall, liberator of the orcs, begins in violence…but ends with enlightenment.

WARRIOR: DIVIDED
Lieren, an orphaned human girl raised by Wildhammer dwarves, longs to find her birth parents. But when she discovers she has a twin sister named Loania who was raised by High Elves, it thrusts the two on a journey of discovery that ends with a gruesome family reunion…

MILES TO GO
Kova Broadhorn is a young tauren shaman sent on a dangerous mission to find a reclusive orc seer. But much to her chagrin, she won’t be adventuring alone, as a cocky gnome warrior named Miles Corebender joins her on her quest. The reluctant partners will have to work together to defeat harpies, a villainous rogue and even King Mosh himself…if they don

Europe Midnight Openings Events Page!

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WoW Europe has revealed the World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King Midnight Openings throughout Europe where developers will be signing and greeting fans at on November 12th midnight.

Retailer Address Phone Line-Up Starts
HMV 150 Oxford Street, W1D 1DJ, London – UK +44 20 76313423‎ November 12
Webhallen Sveav

Blizzard Starts Midnight Opening Photos Contest

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Blizzard Europe is giving away Murky the baby murloc pet to the best photos of any of the Midnight Openings listed below—Source:

Vaneras: If you have finished packing and that you are ready to be part of the official launch of Wrath of the Lich King that will take place in Paris, Rotterdam, Madrid, London, Berlin and Stockholm on the night between November, 12th and 13th, make sure you do not forget to bring your camera!
The Baby Murloc Adoption Committee has decided to reward the players who capture the best pictures during this fabulous evening. The winners of this contest will get the opportunity to look after the famous Gurky. Do not miss the chance to make friends with this rare game mascot

Patch 3.0.3 - Two New Arenas

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The latest patch 3.0.3 has added two new arenas for your PvP enjoynment. If you like these two new arenas, you will love the ones in Wrath of the Lich King. Grab your copy while they last! Below is a message from Nethaera:

With the latest patch release, we

Lore: Admiral Westwind & Echoes From Warcraft III

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Once upon a time, a brave adventurer (you)  broke into the Scarlet Monastery to defeat the Scarlet Crusade champion: Herod. Many a statue of lost members of the Scarlet Crusade could be seen in that chamber. One such as the statue shown to the left. Looking over the plate at the bottom of the statue could be read: Admiral Barean Westwind, Grand Admiral of the Scarlet Fleet. Citizen of Kul’Tiras. Lost off the Frozen Coast of Northrend.

Wrath of the Lich King Spoilers

Fast forward, 40 levels later, the Ebon Blade will send you to do a dirty job, the strawberry shortcake Argent Crusade is unable to do for lack of malice and determination.  You gotta get into the Onslaught Crusade cathedral on the isle southwest of Icecrown Glacier to interrogate and kill Archbishop Landgren—yea that guy who you found earlier in Dragonblight at the side of High General Brigitte Abbendis.  You torture Archbishop Landgren until he spills the beans of who is the true leader of the Onslaught Crusade … Grand Admiral Westwind.  But is he truly its leader?

After the break is a video and a spoily transcript of the epic-drooling event … a shocking truth that will shake a lot of lore fans, and if you aren’t fond of spoilers you shouldn’t watch the video.  Someone from Warcraft III makes a return, and with this return … the augur of a new expansion pack?

Mike Morhaime & Frank Pearce At NYC Best Buy Midnight Opening

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I am so excited! I will be meeting Mike Morhaime once more since WWI Paris. If you live in New York City, you should better be coming to Best Buy for the Wrath of the Lich King Midnight Opening. This local Best Buy emailed me an invitation. I am so spoiled. I will be wearing an IncGamers T-Shirt. Drop by, and say, hi!

Best Buy
529 5th Ave.
New York, NY 10017
(212) 808-0309

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Manga: World of Warcraft: Death Knight

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Richard A. Knaak is the author of an upcoming Tokyopop manga titled:

WORLD OF WARCRAFT: DEATH KNIGHT

This manga containing 192 pages is scheduled to hit bookstores on July 6, 2009. Add it to your wishlist.

I am attempting to schedule a public Q&A with the author to talk with the lore community about World of Warcraft: Night of the Dragon (on sale November 18th). Hopefully, we can squeeze some more details about this newly revealed manga.

IncGamers: Diablo III Fans Chat Tonight

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The IncGamers Diablo III Fans Chat is tonight. A small correction though. A mix up on my end concerning timezones.

The Fans Chat takes place tonight at 7pm PDT (California), 10pm EST (New York), 3am (London). You may ask the IncGamers team, including myself, questions about the Diablo III demo showcased at Blizzcon 2008.

You can access the Fans Chat here.

Machinima Filmfest 2008 Announces Mackie Winners

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The Machinima Filmfest 2008 was held on November 1st at the EYEBEAM Center for Art and Technology in New York City. The 2008 Mackie Winners were announced yesterday. Three World of Warcraft machinima filmmakers are among the winners.

  • Stephen Mullane won two Mackie awards in the Best Short Format and the Best Writing categories for his

Wrath of the Lich King Beta Finale Tonight

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A Call to Arms, brethren! Tonight is the night when Wrath of the Lich King beta ends. If Blizzard continues the tradition of the previous two betas, you should hop into the beta realms for some epic beta finale world event full of chaos and mayhem. In the past, Blizzard has unleashed all kinds of mob waves at major cities and towns, and controlled bosses to chase players. No further info has been said about this—so watch out for any eventful invasion, and submit your screenshots and videos of beta finale.

We would like to thank everyone who has participated in the Wrath of the Lich King beta test. We greatly appreciate all of the feedback and you have given us during this critical phase of World of Warcraft’s development. In preparation for the launch of the game next Thursday, November 13, we will be bringing down our beta realms at 12:00 AM PST. Thanks again, and see you soon in Northrend!

For a memento of previous Beta Finales, check out our Burning Crusade Beta gallery:

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